Public notification: General Pathology
Notice of Request to Change General Pathology’s name to Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology
We are seeking feedback from members on a proposal from the Specialty Committee in General Pathology to change the name of the specialty to Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology.
|Current Name||Proposed Name||Deadline for feedback|
|General Pathology||Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology||March 19, 2023|
Rationale and process for change
The Specialty Committee in General Pathology has requested to change the name of the specialty to Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology. The specialty committee asserts that the name Diagnostic and Clinical Pathology more adequately describes the generalist nature of the discipline to allude to training and practice in diagnostic tissue pathology, in addition to clinical pathology, both of which are evolving to include new techniques and modalities, and the latter of which is not currently represented in the name. Corroborated by substantial support among the General Pathology community to proceed with a name change for the discipline, the specialty committee contends that this name change will increase visibility and interest from prospective trainees and foster greater understanding of the discipline among patients and the public.
The request was reviewed by the Royal College’s Committee on Specialties during their November 9-10, 2022, meeting. The committee agreed to proceed with the intent toward the change. They are now inviting feedback from stakeholders before a final decision is made.
Send your feedback by March 19, 2023
Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback concerning the request outlined above within sixty days of publication of this notice (January 18, 2023). Feedback can be forwarded to the Office of Standards and Assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All feedback received within this timeframe will be used by the Royal College’s Office of Standards and Assessment in reaching a final decision regarding the above request. Should the application be accepted, a notice will be made to Royal College staff, committees, and stakeholders to this effect.